Popular Arthurian Traditions

Popular Arthurian Traditions

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by Sally Slocum
     
 

From medieval history and romance through various twentieth-century renderings, this collection of essays considers themes, characters, and events of the legend and the meanings they impart. Sir Thomas Malory, Chrétien de Troyes, Mark Twain, Thomas Berger, Marion Zimmer Bradley, C. J. Cherryh, and other prose writers are discussed as are comic books and

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From medieval history and romance through various twentieth-century renderings, this collection of essays considers themes, characters, and events of the legend and the meanings they impart. Sir Thomas Malory, Chrétien de Troyes, Mark Twain, Thomas Berger, Marion Zimmer Bradley, C. J. Cherryh, and other prose writers are discussed as are comic books and other genres.

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ISBN-13:
9780879725624
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction1
Female Heroes, Heroines and Counter-Heroes: Images of Women in Arthurian Tradition5
Morgan Le Fay: Goddess or Witch?18
Thoroughly Modern Morgan: Morgan le Fey in Twentieth-Century Popular Arthuriana24
Gotham's Dark Knight: The Postmodern Transformation of the Arthurian Mythos36
Mark's Merlin: Magic vs. Technology in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court46
C.J. Cherryh's Arthurian Humanism56
In Her Own Right: The Guenevere of Parke Godwin68
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Arthurian Myth80
Berger's Mythical Arthur Rex85
Waxing Arthurian: The Lyre of Orpheus and Cold Sassy Tree96
The Matter of Britain in English and American Popular Music (1966-1990)104
Vivien, Elaine, and the Model's Gaze: Cameron's Reading of Idylls of the King111
Transforming the Myth: The Use of Arthurian Material in the Church Universal and Triumphant132
Variations on Arthurian Legend in Lancelot du Lac and Excalibur144
Hollywood's Myopic Medievalism: Excalibur and Malory's Morte d'Arthur156
Acting Out an Old Story: Twentieth-Century Tristan Plays162
The Knight-Poets of Logres: Narrative Voices in Charles Williams' Arthurian Poems173
Contributors183

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